Maracanã Stadium Shines for the 2014 World Cup
About 400 GE EF2000 floodlights increase on-field lighting and improve the visibility and quality of TV broadcasts, especially in HD, in compliance with The International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) requirements
Rio de Janeiro (NYSE:GE) – The lighting system for the final match and six other games in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, as well as the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2016 Olympic Games has been selected: Jornalista Mário Filho Stadium, better known as Maracanã – considered one of the world's best and most classic soccer venues – offers a much clearer and sharper visual experience for athletes, spectators and television viewers around the globe. A contract between the Rio de Janeiro state government's public works company (Empresa de Obras Públicas, EMOP); Consórcio Maracanã Rio 2014, a consortium comprised of the Norberto Odebrecht and Andrade Gutierrez construction groups; and GE Lighting, which supplies the system, includes the installation of 396 GE EF2000 floodlights to illuminate the field at the new Maracanã.
“Maracanã has historical value for the city of Rio de Janeiro, for our country and for the world as an icon of Brazilian culture and international soccer. The state government's job was to approve renovations that would symbolize the country's capacity to host world-caliber events. From the seats to the lighting, we made it a priority from the start to choose the best equipment and solutions,” commented Ícaro Moreno, EMOP president.
The project took into account the need to provide Maracanã with uniform and consistent lighting to eliminate shadows and offer perfect visibility anywhere on the field, a crucial element for players' performance and high-definition television broadcasts. The GE Lighting system makes it possible to control glare and reduce sky-glow, helping to concentrate light on the field.
“The decision to choose the solution presented by GE Lighting took into consideration its ability to improve the quality of light in the largest stadium in Brazil and the site of the World Cup final. The company's entire portfolio has a reputation for efficiency, providing the guarantee we need to ensure perfect lighting during the games and increase visibility in every corner of the field,” noted Carlos Zaeyen, a representative of Consórcio Maracanã Rio 2014.
Each of 396 floodlights use metal halide technology with a 2,000-watt capacity, ensuring the games' visibility on and off the field. The system also complies with FIFA's requirement that stadiums offer a clearer view of the field for players and fans, both those in the stands and those watching the games on television around the world.
EF2000 floodlights are designed to illuminate large outdoor spaces such as sporting venues, racetracks, parking lots, recreational areas, facades, ports and airports, and high-ceilinged indoor spaces such as gymnasiums and performance halls. The same system was used at London's Riverbank Arena, which hosted the 2012 Olympic hockey games and 5- and 7-a-side soccer at the 2012 Paralympics. GE EF2000 floodlights have also been installed in many other venues in the United States, Europe and Latin America.
“We are very pleased to embrace the opportunity to contribute our expertise to lighting this monument to world soccer,” remarked Alexandre Ferrari, General Manager, GE Lighting, Brazil. “We have been present at many moments in the stadium's history, including its inauguration in 1950, and we are participating in this new phase, which represents a milestone in the development and modernization of the country's infrastructure – and, of course, a gift to all of us who love the sport.”
About Empresa de Obras Públicas and the Secretary of Public Works, Rio de Janeiro State
Rio de Janeiro's Empresa de Obras Públicas (EMOP) is the state government agency responsible for building, transforming and maintaining public works that serve the well being of society. It is associated with the Secretary of Public Works, which is tasked with planning, organizing, orienting, coordinating, supervising and assessing activities by state-run sectors relating to roads, urban development, building construction and basic sanitary services; and regulatory mechanisms for the concession of services or the establishment of public-private partnerships.
About Consórcio Maracanã
Consórcio Maracanã Rio 2014 was formed by the Odebrecht Infraestructura and Andrade Gutierrez construction groups, both with a strong presence in the Brazilian and international engineering and construction market.
In executing the renovation of Maracanã Stadium to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup final, Consórcio Maracanã Rio 2014's main focus was on meeting FIFA recommendations through creative engineering solutions that ensure construction is completed within the contractual period.
In training and qualifying workers to contribute to the state's socioeconomic development, the project to renovate Maracanã Stadium is expected to generate 3,000 direct jobs.
About GE Lighting
GE Lighting invents with the vigor of its founder Thomas Edison to develop energy-efficient solutions that change the way people light their world in commercial, industrial, municipal and residential settings. The business employs about 15,000 people in more than 100 countries. General Electric (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter to build a world that works better. For more information, visit www.gelighting.com.